Emily Nightingale’s warning comes after a pick-up in the number of poorly pooches seen over the last week or so. She suspects the rise in numbers of sick dogs is due to a virus.
“We have seen more dogs coming in suffering with vomiting and diarrhoea in the last week,” Dr Nightingale told Essex Live, “Double the amount expected for this time of year.
"Most vets see one dog a day with vomiting and diarrhoea, so when you start seeing dog after dog with it, it becomes a worry"
Dr Nightingale added that she had enquired of other vets whether they had noted a rise in the number of sick dogs. A practice in Ardmore, Sudbury seven miles north confirmed that it too was treating more poorly dogs than usual.
The Forge’s sister practice, The Aldham Veterinary Centre, near Colchester also reported a sharp rise in canine admittances.
Fast response needed
According to Dr Nightingale, dogs that are treated swiftly are likely to recover faster from their ordeal than those that are not. Although no dogs have died due to whatever virus is doing the rounds, owners are advised to take no chances with their dogs’ health.
"Just be vigilant,” Dr Nightingale told Essex Live. “If your dogs are showing signs of being unwell, ring the vet.”
Symptoms to watch out for include: more than a few days of vomiting, excessive (and bloody), lethargy and loss of appetite.